Wrong Way Crash Kills Hillsborough Deputy

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office announce the death of a deputy struck by a wrong-way driver.

Hillsborough Deputy, thirty year old John Robert Kotfila Jr., was killed in a head-on collision with a wrong-way driver.

The crash happened early morning just prior to 3a.m. near the Brandon Mall as Deputy Kotfila departing from Tampa General Hospital during a traffic accident investigation, headed eastbound on Selmon Expressway close to Providence Road.

At the same time, thirty one year old Erik Thomas McBeth was driving the wrong way on the Selmon Expressway and heading directly toward Kotfila.

With no time to avoid the crash, the two vehicles violently collided in a head-on crash. Kotfila was taken to the Hospital but later died as a result of his injuries.

McBeth, the driver of the wrong-way vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

A statement from another driver near the crash, said that Deputy Kotfila pulled in front of her car, thereby protecting her from the head-on collision and taking the full force of the impact.